Building Consents and Information

​Building Consents and Information

If you are undertaking any building, project or activity that may require consent or licence from Council please check with us prior to beginning.  The cost of obtaining a consent or licence before work begins is often far less expensive if you have to correct any work to comply with legislation.
Building consents, issued under provisions of the Building Act, are needed for most building work.

The Building Consent Process

For help with the building consent process see our Guide to Building Consents​ (Building Consent Process Booklet - PDF, 2MB). This resource will give you the key information, tools and contacts needed for residential building projects. For more information view our Building Consent Brochures.

Building consent applications can now be submitted online

Our new building consents online system allows you to submit, manage and track applications for building consent from anywhere, at any time though our Online Services page.


Before you begin

These few simple preparation checks will ensure you can quickly and easily submit your application:
  • Know exactly where the property is – if your property subdivision is not fully complete you must lodge your consent under the parent parcel and provide details of the pending Lot and DP

  • Know the owner as listed on the certificate of title (and have the correct legal description)

  • Plans and specifications must be PDF and uploaded as one document each  

  • Supporting documents must be PDF, Doc or DOCX and you may upload two separate documents

  • Ensure these have OCR and bookmarking

  • Prepare a succinct, accurate description for your project (e.g. ‘new single storey three-bedroom dwelling’).

Registering as a New User

Simply go to the Online Services page, click on New Users / Register and complete the details.  You will receive a confirmation email so just click on the link provided, log in and you are good to go!

Submit the application

  • ​An agent can lodge the application on behalf of the owner (and may choose to link the owner or manage the process completely on their behalf)

  • The owner can submit the application and link other people to the building project (e.g. subcontractors)

  • The applicant is responsible for identifying which portions of the Building Code the project will comply with

  • The applicant will receive an email confirming that the application has been submitted

Manage required documents

  • ​Upload files to the correct folder (e.g. certificate of title into the certificate of title folder)

  • Plans and specifications must be PDF and uploaded as one document each

  • Supporting documents must be PDF, Doc or DOCX and you may upload two separate documents

  • Supporting documents are to include:

    • bracing calculations

    • H1 calculations

    • truss design 

    • lintel/beam design

    • engineering

    • geotechnical report

    • ensure these have OCR and bookmarking

  • ​A copy of the building consent and approved plans must be held on site at all times. This is the applicant’s responsibility

  • Please clearly indicate the scale and the sheet size on each plan.

Manage the application

  • ​You can view all the consents you have lodged by logging into your account on the online portal and going to the building consents list

  • All correspondence regarding your application will be electronic – including issuing your invoice and consent

  • Once payment is receipted and processed, Council will email the applicant to let them know their document is available to download directly from their portal.

If your Application is Refused

If your application is found to be incomplete at the time of vetting you will receive an email informing you of this and the reasons your application was refused.  If this is the case you will need to submit a new application and you have two options for this:​
  1. Duplicate the application and update as required to ensure the application is complete.  This can be done by clicking on the duplicate button on the right of the refused application – 

  2. Complete a new application.​

Share the application with others

  1. ​Log in and choose the application you wish to share

  2. Click on the Share button on the right of the application – 

  3. This will take you to the ‘User Permissions’ tab

  4. Enter email address and your message

  5. Add the permissions you wish to share and click send

  6. The person being sent this invite will receive an email from the applicant saying they have been invited to view this information

  7. Simply click on the link and register

  8. Once registered, the information above will appear on both the applicant’s account and the invited person

Applying with Paper

For now you can still lodge your application using a hardcopy application form.  You can download the right lodgement checklist and application form for your project under Building Consents - Application Forms​​.​


Please see our Guide on applying for a Code Compliance Certificate for building consents that were issued 5 or more years ago under Building Consent Brochures

Page reviewed: 17 Nov 2017 9:18am